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harsh

adjective
 
 
/hɑːʃ/
CRUEL cruel, unkind, or unpleasant in a way that seems unfair: harsh criticism/punishment Taking him out of the game was a bit harsh.Unkind, cruel and unfeelingViolent or aggressiveTreating people or animals badlyInsults and abuseSevere
DIFFICULT very cold, dangerous, or unpleasant and difficult to live in: harsh conditions Difficult things and peoplePreventing and impedingSerious and unpleasantNot attractive to look atInformal words for bad
STRONG too strong, bright, loud, etc: harsh chemicals harsh lighting The qualities of colour
harshly adverb harshness noun [U]
(Definition of harsh from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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